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Regional Consumer Insights

Pandan Dessert
Brands are launching ice cream made to replicate traditional pandan-based desserts
Trend - Ice cream manufacturers are drawing on the traditional Southeast Asian dishes made with pandan to inspire their recipes. These brands transform the original recipes with additional ingredients—such as coconut milk—that make them more fitting for the sweet, creamy flavor palates of ice cream.

Insight - Modern consumerism in Western countries has led to countless product, food, and flavor options. While many regional products have gained global popularity, some more traditional products face challenges in similarly expanding. However, Gen Z and millennial consumers in the West are continually searching for the next food trend to enjoy for themselves and share on social media. As such, brands are drawing inspiration from cultural roots to offer tried-and-true flavors to new consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand tap into its cultural roots to offer a unique product or service to global consumers?
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Savory Croffle
Restaurants are offering hybrid croissant-waffle dishes for meals or snacks
Trend - Restaurants across North America and Europe are now incorporating Croffles into their menus. Croffles originated in South Korea and are a hybrid croissant-waffle, resulting in a flaky, light pastry that can be topped with ingredients and enjoyed as any meal or snack throughout the day.

Insight - Consumers in North American cities frequently enjoy trying cultural foods and types of food that are new to them, adding variety to their daily meals. As such, cultural snacks and dishes such as Crepes or Bubble Tea have rapidly become commonplace in North America. As a result of these consumers continually wanting new dishes for each meal throughout the day, popular multipurpose dishes from other countries, such as the South Korean Croffle, are gaining popularity in restaurants.
Workshop Question - How might your brand incorporate multipurpose dishes from different cultural cuisines to offer unique dining experiences to its customers?
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Rural Transport
Brands are introducing tech-enhanced public transport solutions for rural areas
Trend - Designers are proposing various high-tech solutions that will help individuals in rural areas get around with ease. These innovations are focused on bringing functionality and convenience to communities, as well as a more eco-friendly approach to public transportation.

Insight - Somewhat or fully aware of the many technological advancements that are being implemented to enhance the living standards of cities, members of rural communities are emphasizing the need for better infrastructure in smaller towns. Since individuals in these spaces are looking for a higher degree of convenience and efficiency, they are creating a strong demand for the update of important town functions—from transportation to food access. When these needs are met, consumers feel better supported and capable of achieving their own goals.
Workshop Question - How can your brand enhance the living standards in rural communities?
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Local Gift-Box
Brands are curating gift boxes with artisanal goods from independent businesses
Trend - Brands are launching specially curated and accessibly priced gift boxes that feature products from small businesses and local artisans. These initiatives are not only effective in satisfying a consumer need but also provide relief for independent businesses, impacted during the ongoing pandemic.

Insight - When making personal purchases or gifting decisions for special occasions, consumers are emphasizing the need to support local economies during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, an increasing number of individuals opt-in for artisanal goods from small shops and creatives. In doing so, consumers are able to appeal to their need for unique products while simultaneously feeling good about helping out independent businesses.
Workshop Question - How could your brand accommodate the gifting needs of consumers during a health pandemic?
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Rural Bank
Financial institutions are looking to become accessible for rural communities
Trend - Many financial institutions—from traditional to digital-first banks—are attempting to reach rural communities with the help of technology. The movement calls for improved banking access through the implementation of small ATMs, biometric readers, cloud-based platforms and more.

Insight - Technology is enabling a higher degree of accessibility for services and many consumers are taking advantage of this. As the world evolves and individuals in rural communities become more connected, these features become more readily available in remote regions. They enable consumers without access to as many convenience-based services as people in cities to feel more empowered and prepared to take charge in the case of a crisis.
Workshop Question - How could your service/product reach a more off-grid consumer?
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Danger Mapping
Apps map out dangerous areas as pertaining to health, social status or ecology
Trend - Developers are utilizing data and analytics to identify areas that are dangerous for health, social or political reasons. The technology is available to consumers through mobile applications, making it convenient to use in real-time and on-the-go.

Insight - Political climates, ecological crises, and epidemics can entail unpredictable threats. To counter the fear of the unknown, consumers look for ways to alleviate stress on-demand through an overview of danger areas in the vicinity. This ties into the desire of being informed and organized in the face of danger, allowing individuals to take preventative measures on-the-go and ease unfounded concern.
Workshop Question - How can your product be used to deliver important information to consumers?
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Yerba Expansion
North American consumers become familiarized with yerba mate in packaged beverages
Trend - Yerba mate has traditionally been consumed as a tea in South America, but today packaged beverage brands in North America are leaning into the herb as a healthful flavor option. This speaks to the desire North American consumers have to experiment with wellness solutions from around the world.

Insight - As North America expands in diversity, global influences in the region can be observed in everything from art and design to cuisine. The impact of globalization on consumers is a deeper appreciation for products and services that were once unfamiliar to them, and they now expect that brands are well-aligned with their increasingly diverse and nuanced preferences.
Workshop Question - What regional trends could your brand lean into for inspiration?
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Cultured Creamery
Ice Cream is used as a step towards experiencing global palette
Implications - By leveraging ice cream as an exploratory platform, brands are allowing consumers to experience new cultures via regional flavors, but with the security of the familiar dessert concept. This combination speaks to the consumer desire for experimental foodie experiences, coupled with a refusal to limit their palettes to their own geographic experiences.
Workshop Question - How can your brand combine the security that comes with familiarity, with an experimental product or experience?
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Yam Confection
Japanese desserts adopt unexpected flavors inspired by the regional sweet potato
Implications - Drawing inspiration from the Japanese Annou Imo, a luxurious sweet potato known for its delectable taste, beverage and dessert brands from the region are adapting the flavor and aroma of the sought-after spud. Celebrating the local bounty, consumers are enjoying the enticing flavor of this yam in new ways, through unexpected formats including sweets and drinks that demonstrate the innovative flavor reversal of Japanese culture. This emerging ingredient draws out the importance of healthy indulgences influencing modern consumers and the next generation of flavor seekers.
Workshop Question - How can your next innovation also serve to celebrate the identity of your consumers?
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Fantastical Dumpling
Eastern comfort food sees a dramatic flair for imaginative indulgence
Implications - Traditionally served as classic comfort food, dumplings and wontons are seeing a reimagining within Japanese and Korean cuisine, sparking the imaginations of consumers far and wide with completely revitalized formats. Immersed in tradition and culture, Eastern cuisine is increasingly incorporating sensorial engagement through innovative formats and unique positioning that lends an air of exiting freshness and forces the diner to rethink their expectations. This shift speaks to the globalization of emerging consumer inclinations towards experiences.
Workshop Question - What role does tradition have in your industry and how can you leverage that to set your brand apart?
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